Often a house’s architectural style plays a major role in determining the style of its bathrooms. Even the location of your home effects your style’s direction (urban or resort). It makes sense to incorporate those same features in your bathroom’s design. But newer homes or even houses that have seen multiple owners are less bound by tradition, and the bathrooms in them offer a wider range of options for self-expression. Whether you remain contemporary or try to re-create a period look, choose a style that reflects your own interests, that creates an atmosphere that invigorates you in the morning and relaxes you at night and that makes the room a desirable place to be.

Are you Vintage/Traditional? Look to add these details:

  • Subway Tile
  • Wainscoting
  • Small hexagonal floor tiles
  • Beadboard paneling
  • Footed bathtub, pedestal sink
  • Period-style fixtures
  • Wood & stone
  • Traditional Details
  • Cozy floor plan
  • Curvy lines

Are you Contemporary? Look to add these details:

  • Frameless glass shower doors or open shower
  • High Tech Showerheads and Handheld
  • Wide open floor plan
  • Floating cabinets
  • Mirrors and Glass
  • Metal & unusual materials
  • Floor to Ceiling Tile
  • Unusual shaped sink(s)
  • Minimalist with straight lines
  • Modern lighting

These types of architecture will most likely dictate traditional style:

  • Cape Cod Style
  • Federal and Adam House Styles
  • Folk Victorian
  • Queen Anne Victorian
  • Shingle Style
  • Colonial Revival
  • Tudor
  • Prairie Style
  • American Foursquare
  • Arts and Crafts (Craftsman/Bungalow)

You can go either old or new with:

  • Ranch Style
  • Raised Ranch
  • Split-Level
  • Builder’s Colonial / Neocolonial
  • Neoeclectic Houses

You may be most comfortable with Contemporary details if your home is:

  • Ultra-Modern
  • Contemporary

Of course you can mix and match styles to fit your personal style, such as add a chandelier to a contemporary bathroom or incorporate a whirlpool in a period-style bathroom as long as it doesn’t tip the scales away from the look you’re trying to achieve. If you’re undecided and need assistance with your bathroom remodeling direction, stop by one of Metropolitan Bath & Tile’s 4 showrooms in Maryland or Virginia and one of our talented designers are ready to assist you and will get your bathroom remodeling on its way – in style. Check out our photo galleries for more ideas.